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Russia wins bid to host 2018 World Cup

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Russia won the bid on Thursday to host the 2018 World Cup after a tight race against England, Portugal and Spain (jointly), and Belgium and the Netherlands (jointly).

Russia won the bid on Thursday to host the 2018 World Cup after a tight race against England, Portugal and Spain (jointly), and Belgium and the Netherlands (jointly).

© RIA Novosti . Georgiy Kurolesin / Go to the photo bankRussia won the bid on Thursday to host the 2018 World Cup after a tight race against England, Portugal and Spain (jointly), and Belgium and the Netherlands (jointly).

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Russia won the bid on Thursday to host the 2018 World Cup after a tight race against England, Portugal and Spain (jointly), and Belgium and the Netherlands (jointly).

© RIA Novosti . Alexandr Vilf / Go to the photo bankFIFA also chose Qatar to host the 2022 championships, selecting the oil-rich Arab country over bids from Australia, South Korea, the United States and Japan. In the photo: FIFA President Sepp Blatter
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FIFA also chose Qatar to host the 2022 championships, selecting the oil-rich Arab country over bids from Australia, South Korea, the United States and Japan. In the photo: FIFA President Sepp Blatter
© RIA Novosti . Alexandr Vilf / Go to the photo bankRussian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, right, and Russian Football Union President Sergei Fursenko assured FIFA that Russia will not disappoint the federation.
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Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, right, and Russian Football Union President Sergei Fursenko assured FIFA that Russia will not disappoint the federation.
© RIA Novosti . Alexandr Vilf / Go to the photo bankOlympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva, who spoke during the bid's presentation, asked FIFA to let the dream of millions of Russian football fans come true.
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Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva, who spoke during the bid's presentation, asked FIFA to let the dream of millions of Russian football fans come true.
© RIA Novosti . Alexandr Vilf / Go to the photo bankThe Russian delegation also included supermodel Natalia Vodianova...
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The Russian delegation also included supermodel Natalia Vodianova...
© RIA Novosti . Alexandr Vilf / Go to the photo bank...opera star Anna Netrebko...
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...opera star Anna Netrebko...
© RIA Novosti . Alexandr Vilf / Go to the photo bankChelsea owner Roman Abramovich (in the photo), football star Andrei Arshavin, prominent conductor Valery Gergiyev, etc.
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Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich (in the photo), football star Andrei Arshavin, prominent conductor Valery Gergiyev, etc.
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